We put them in the chick shed once the youngsters had gone out into the new run, but it all proved so bewildering. There was all this Bright Light in the sky, which was all Blue. There was funny Green Stuff on the floor. There were Overdressed Ladies out there and a Man! So we must Hide in the box, that is the only Normal thing here.
They are now going out a bit and scratching around, they have the new bit, the youngsters are roaming the garden and wherever else they end up. Sevi and the oldest young cockerel are making up to them, but the black boy cockerel managed to get in with them and was really nasty.
Hey guys, look at these...what are they do you think?
While we were parked up at the market there was this tree. I will find out what it is one day, but I have never seen such thorns, they are inches long! Wouldn't like to get caught up in that.
Yesterday was Valentines day, which we are past now in our old age, but we do have a nice meal and sweet treat. A forage in the cupboard came up with not very much, but I did have cocoa and made some pretty gorgeous chocolate brownie cookies, including a couple of heart shaped ones. I will definitely make it them again but with slightly less salt than the recipe states.http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/6756/chocolate-brownie-cookies.aspx Yum.
For a main meal I got out a piece of Venka's beef from the freezer and did some nearly dauphinoise potatoes (with cream from the top of the milk which we get from a neighbour) and a pile of purple sprouting broccoli from the garden, which is doing quite well despite losing most of it's leaves in the cold. I had walnut sausages.
Things are happening in the garden. There are now snowdrops everywhere and you can see the garlic and onions from a distance. The roses are sprouting and I have been out having a tidy and prune. Unfortunately the soil is still a bit claggy to do much with, but things are stirring in the greenhouse. The buds on the trees are very noticeable now, I just hope things don't come out too early as I think we have some cold weather to come.
We are also seeing more insects. There are masses of bees, as mentioned before, but we don't know where they are living. Yesterday I managed to get some photos of the most miniscule moth you could ever see. I am not sure how I spotted it on the table, it was just the way the tiny speck of debris was moving which made me think it was alive. It was the size of a couple of pin heads, but I couldn't see much with the naked eye and details only showed up on enlarging the picture. It is probably some really destructive pest! Another creature was a silver and black beetle, amazing thing, and I probably wouldn't have seen that either if the sun hadn't caught the silver.
We have had more warm weather, so much so that the dogs got a bit warm and Bonnie had to go inside.